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File #: 190621    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 6/20/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/20/2019
Title: Recognizing the contributions of nannies, house cleaners, care workers, and other domestic workers whose work holds up Philadelphia's communities and households by declaring June 16, 2019 as International Domestic Workers Day in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Jones
Attachments: 1. Signature19062100
Title
Recognizing the contributions of nannies, house cleaners, care workers, and other domestic workers whose work holds up Philadelphia's communities and households by declaring June 16, 2019 as International Domestic Workers Day in the City of Philadelphia.
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WHEREAS, Everyday, domestic workers care for the elderly, assist people with disabilities, clean homes, and nurture children, thus freeing up the time and attention of millions of other working families; and

WHEREAS, Domestic work is routinely undervalued and overlooked, casting domestic workers into the shadows and making their needs invisible; and

WHEREAS, The average annual income for Domestic Workers in the City of Philadelphia was $10,000 annually per a report issued by Pilar Go?alons-Pons, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Most Domestic Workers are women of color and immigrant women who live paycheck to paycheck; and

WHEREAS, In 2016, throughout the City of Philadelphia there were over 16,000+ Domestic Workers including nannies, house cleaners, home care workers, gardeners and cooks in the Metropolitan Area; and

WHEREAS, In the U.S. domestic workers were intentionally excluded from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as a concession to Southern politicians in the early 1900's; and

WHEREAS, This exclusion was mirrored on the state level, creating an unregulated and underground economy that left domestic workers subject to widespread mistreatment and abuse in the U.S.; and

WHEREAS, Without laws to regulate behavior and policies, domestic workers are vulnerable to rampant exploitation including wage theft, sexual harassment and abuse, and discrimination; and

WHEREAS, Domestic workers often have to rely on the good graces of potential employers rather than expect industry standards and practices to protect them; and

WHEREAS, International Domestic Workers Day, June 16, celebrates the 2011 passage of the International Labor Organization Convention 189 for Decent Work for Do...

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